Recipe courtesy of Lahaina Grill

Maui Onion and Sesame Seed Crusted Seared Ahi

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound Maui onions, slide thin, for caramelizing

4 (6 ounce) ahi tuna steaks, 2 inches thick

12 ounces thinly sliced, dehydrated, and crushed Maui onions

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds

1 cup premium Jasmine rice

1 Tahitian vanilla bean, split 

1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 cups clam or fish broth 

Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette:

2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 cup balsamic vinegar

2 cups filtered apple juice

2 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

4 ounces soy margarine, chilled and cubed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/8 cup finely chopped chives

Directions

  1. To prepare ahi:
  2. In a heavy bottom saucepan over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the sliced onion. Cook the onions, constantly stirring until onions caramelize. Set caramelized onions aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Roll the tuna in the dehydrated and crushed onions and sesame seeds. Sear on all sides until browned and to desired doneness (rare to medium-rare doneness is recommended).
  4. To make Vanilla Bean Jasmine Rice:
  5. In a medium saucepot, cook rice over medium heat with vanilla bean, shallots, butter, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cover the saucepot with a lid. Simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is cooked, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff the rice with a fork.
  6. To make Apple Cider-Soy Butter Vinaigrette:
  7. In a medium saucepan, combine both vinegars and apple juice over medium heat. Reduce the liquid mixture to 1/2 cup. Just before serving, stir in the cold butter and margarine in small quantities while whisking over medium heat. Place in a blender and blend for just a few seconds. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve the tuna steaks alongside Jasmine rice and caramelized onions, drizzled with the vinaigrette and sprinkled with chives.

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